Note From a Madman

Monday, September 12, 2005


Anyone in New Jersey, or thereabouts, wanting information on the DC Event to End The War, please scroll down to the bottom of this page. -NG

Awful Quote of the Day in the Lead

"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."
-Representative Richard Baker (R-LA)

I am dumbfounded by the modern Republican's disdain for the American people. Does the representatives of this party have any decency at all?

-Robert Scardapane


Over the weekend I was listening to Air America and I believe it was the Thom Hartman show on Sunday where I heard something I had never heard before. It surprised me to not have heard it previously. It was a tape of an interview with Bush where he describes 9/11 and said right on the tape that “before he went into the classroom he saw the first plane hit the first tower on TV and thought it was an accident and then went into the classroom and later Andrew Card came over and whispered in his ear that we were under attack and a second plane had hit.”

Apparently, the facts are – the first plane hitting the first WTC was not seen on TV for at least 24 hours. The tape was coincidentally taken by a French film crew and they did not share it until the next day. BUSH COULD NOT HAVE SEEN THE FIRST PLANE HIT THE WTC BEFORE HE ENTERED THE CLASSROOM.

Why did he put forth this lie:
- He lies regularly and this was just another one
- His memory is faulty
- He is so casual about facts that he overlooks what really happens
- He is trying to hide that he knew more by acting innocent

I am baffled why he would go out of his way to openly lie in detail. There HAS to be a reason and stupidity does not explain this one away. You either saw something on TV or you didn’t and this is not the kind of thing you would forget. It is a pivotal moment and if he had seen it on TV (though impossible since it wasn’t shown) why would he even go into a classroom? Does this man have no sense of what really underlies tragic events? Does he have no good judgment regarding what impacts Americans and how to protect them?

Oh, yeah, he just proved his lack of leadership, protection, compassion, and judgment with Katrina. There was a cartoon in the paper today with two kids. One kid says to the other kid, “boy, bush ignored the disaster and a lot of people were abandoned or died.” “Yep” says the other kid. First kid responds “what was it that people didn’t like about John Kerry?” Response by second kid “he windsurfed.”

-Casey Sweet

Workers in States Hit by Katrina Get Short Changed

Eureka! President Bush has a solution for the working poor in the states battered by hurricane Katrina. He suspended the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 that requires federal contractors to pay workers according to prevailing wages in the region. That's right, he wants to pay impoverished working families in cities such as New Orleans and Biloxi even less money! The President may have the legal authority to do this but has once again failed to use power for the common good.

-Robert Scardapane

No More Brownie-The-Clownie

The man Bush calls Brownie resigned today as the director of FEMA. I guess he wasn't doing a heck of a job after all. The replacement is R. David Paulison who served as director of FEMA`s preparedness division since 2001.

He previously spent 30 years with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. A stronger resume than running an Arabian horse show for certain.

Good riddance to Brownie but Chertoff and Bush are still on the hook for this disaster.

-Robert Scardapane

The Mouthpiece of the Bushies

One of the most revolting press secretaries in our history has to Scott McClellan. This clown routinely refuses to answer direct questions. The latest cute line from the White House dissemblers is that they don't want to engage in the "blame game". Meanwhile, they lie about the local/state reaction to the hurricane and use their media surrogates, such as Fox News John Gibson, to blame Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco for the poor response to hurricane Katrina.

Get a load of this exchange (subsequent comments by Brit Hume and Mara Liasson of Fox News):

McClellan [video clip]: If you want to continue to engage in finger-pointing and blame-gaming, that's fine. We're going to engage --
GREGORY: Scott, that's ridiculous.
McClellan: It's not ridiculous.
GREGORY: I'm not engaging in the attack. Don't try to accuse me of that.
McClellan: No, everybody that watches this knows, David, that you're trying to engage in the blame game.
GREGORY: I am trying to engage?
McClellan: Yes.
GREGORY: I am trying to engage?
McClellan: That's correct.
GREGORY: That's a dodge. I have a follow-up question, since you dodged that one.
[End video clip]
HUME: And so it went at the White House briefing today for the second day in a row, questions and the sense from the White House that they won't consider anything that has to do with blame, something to be dealt with later on.
LIASSON: Now, in terms of that exchange between -- who was that, that was David Gregory and --
HUME: He's the guy from NBC.
LIASSON: Yeah. Look, any time there's a contentious exchange in the White House press room, it makes the press look bad. However, the question he asked before that exchange was, "Does the president have confidence in [Federal Emergency Management Agency director] Michael Brown?" Now, that is a standard question that's asked. So the question itself was completely legitimate. And Scott McClellan refused to answer it.


Well, I can answer that question for Scotty McClellan. I have no confidence at all in "Brownie". The Arabian horse herder should have rode into the sunset days ago.

-Robert Scardapane

John Stossel is a fine example of the Republican economic mind set

As reported by Media Matters for America

In his September 7 syndicated column, ABC News 20/20 co-anchor defended price gougers, writing that by charging $20 for a bottle of water to a person whose baby needed it to live, "the price gouger makes sure his water goes to those who really need it."

You got to be kidding me. Suppose the person that needed the water didn't have $20? By Stossel's logic, that person should just die! This mentality is similar to the fascist notion of economic austerity - that is, let the poor, weak and helpless simply perish. These Republicans and their media apologists, such as Stossel, have to go!

-Robert Scardapane

This isn't the first time Stossel has upset US, and it won't be the last. Just who's pocket is he in anyway? -NG

The Katrina Pledge: A commitment to build a new America

The waters of Hurricane Katrina have revealed fault lines of race and class in our nation, washing away our national denial about the large number of Americans who live in poverty and about its disproportionate impact on people of color. We have now seen, and so has the rest of the world, the effects of public policies that sacrifice the common good to private interests and misguided priorities.

In the aftermath of the storm's destruction, a new America must be born in which compassion and conscience reshape our society's priorities at all levels. Together we can transform our country into one where economic security for all is an essential part of our national security.

As a person of faith, I believe that the poverty we have witnessed on the rooftops of New Orleans and the devastated communities of the Gulf Coast is morally unacceptable. Therefore, I join my fellow Americans across the barriers of race, religion, class, and politics in the following commitments:

1. I pledge to be personally involved in helping those whose lives have been affected by this natural disaster - by praying for the victims and their families and by offering my time, talents, and resources to relief and recovery ministries that are meeting their needs.

2. I pledge to work for sweeping change of our nation's priorities. I will press my elected representatives to protect the common good - especially the needs of our poorest families and children - rather than supporting the twin social disasters of tax cuts for the rich and budget cuts that hurt the poor

-Sojourners Magazine, as forwarded by Jenny Hanniver


Catching up on back issues of The Nation this past week, I was struck by the awful fact that the American infant mortality rate has increased for the last five years.  America's infant mortality rate is now equal to that of Malaysia. Poverty has increased for the past five years, fewer people have access to health care. In short, our nation's prosperity is running in reverse!

The Gilded Age economists argued to lower wages in the face of crushing poverty of the 1920's. They justified such robber baron tactics with "pseudo religious" framing of divine providence entitling them to their loot. The modern day robber barons resort to "scientific sounding" framing of "supply side economics" and "economic efficiency". In the end, it's morally bankrupt policy and highway robbery of the American people.

These economic predators have to go!

-Robert Scardapane

A Joke

THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL has issued a no-nonsense, albeit delayed, warning about a new, highly virulent strain of sexually transmitted disease. This disease is contracted through dangerous and high risk behavior.

The disease is called Gonorrhea Lectim (pronounced "Gonna Re-elect him"). Many victims have contracted it after having been screwed for the past 4 years, in spite of having taken measures to protect themselves from this especially troublesome disease.

Cognitive sequellae of individuals infected with Gonorrhea Lectim include, but are not limited to, anti-social personality disorder traits; delusions of grandeur with a distinct messianic flavor; chronic mangling of the English language; extreme cognitive dissonance; inability to incorporate new information; pronounced xenophobia and homophobia; inability to accept responsibility for actions; exceptional cowardice masked by acts of misplaced bravado; uncontrolled facial smirking; total ignorance of geography and history; tendencies toward creating fundamentalist theocracies; and a strong propensity for categorical, all-or-nothing behavior.

The disease is sweeping Washington. Naturalists and epidemiologists are amazed and baffled that this malignant disease originated only a few years ago from a Texas bush. Please inform any of your friends and associates who have been acting unusual lately.

-Forwarded by Jenny Hanniver, from an unknown author

Another Joke, Sort Of

1.) go to
2.) type in "failure" without the quotes
3.) press the "I'm feeling lucky" button (instead of the Google search one)
4). Laugh

"Biography of President George W. Bush"
-The first listing from Google's Search

-Eddie Konczal


In response to "The $2,000 per family (not per person), if awarded to 100,000 families would cost $200 million. So far, the Iraq war has cost about $300 BILLION," Robert Scardapane writes:

A couple of factoids:

The Iraq war now costs 1 billion per week.
The Iraq war is more expensive than the Vietnam war.

The cost of the Vietnam war damaged the economy throughout the 70's into the 80's. It's time to end this senseless war.

In response to "Do you think there was a racial component to the response to Hurricane Katrina?" Eddie Konczal writes:

My wife asked me what I though about Kanye West's comment that "George W. Bush doesn't care about black people." I said he was too specific - he should have left out the word "black" and it would have been more accurate.

A Good Man - A Good Quote

"The administration has an abysmal contracting record in Iraq. We can't afford to make the same mistakes again. We must make sure taxpayer funds are not wasted, because every dollar thrown away today is a dollar that is not available to hurricane victims and their families."
-Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA)

You would think that this would go without saying, but with Halliburton at the head of the line for disaster funds, "abysmal" is the word that comes to mind. The Government Accounting Office is going to have to be on top of their game to make sure that the victims of Katrina come first as they monitor public spending.

-Noah Greenberg

Another Good Quote

"Mr. President, this job can't be fun for you any more. There's no more money to spend--you used up all of that. You can't start another war because you used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people. Listen to your Mom. The cupboard's bare, the credit cards maxed out. No one's speaking to you. Mission accomplished.

"Now it's time to do what you've always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service and the oil company and the baseball team. It's time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or space man? Now I know what you're saying: there's so many other things that you as President could involve yourself in. Please don't. I know, I know. There's a lot left to do. There's a war with Venezuela. Eliminating the sales tax on yachts. Turning the space program over to the church. And Social Security to Fannie Mae. Giving embryos the vote.

"But, Sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You've performed so poorly I'm surprised that you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man. Herbert Hoover was a (crappy - changed by editor) president, but even he never conceded an entire city to rising water and snakes.

"On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two trade centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans. Maybe you're just not lucky. I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side.

"So, yes,
God does speak to you. What he is saying is: 'Take a hint.' "

-Bill Maher's closing bit the other night on REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER, HBO, as forwarded by Jenny Hanniver

A Special Note - Going to DC

The Central Jersey Coalition has reserved 3 buses to take people to DC. Two of the buses will leave from the New Brunswick area and one bus will leave from Rutgers University, where college students will get on the bus to protest the war.

For a seat on the bus to Washington, send a $35 check to CJCAEW, P.O.Box 7726, North Brunswick, NJ 08902. And email to let us know you are going.
Tickets for students will be $20.

Because we think it is essential that young people go to Washington, we are offering student tickets at a reduced rate of $20. In order to do this we are soliciting contributions to cover the additional cost of those seats and others who need scholarships to go down to Washington. That means that even if you are unable to go to Washington yourself you can buy a ticket or make a contribution of any amount to cover the cost of someone who will fill the bus seat.

Even if you can not go to Washington on September 24, any contribution would be appreciated.

It is hardly necessary to say how important the September 24 demonstration will be to intensify the pressure to bring an end to the occupation and bring our troops home now. A strong and vital presence could have a major impact on the direction of the war and give voice to the outrage that people are feeling today as we witness the parallel tragedies of Iraq and Louisiana wrought by the
Bush Administration.

Please send your checks to: CJCAEW, P.O.Box 7726, North Brunswick, NJ 08902 and email to let us know that you want to reserve seats. We will send you the details that you need to know and look forward to seeing you on September 24.

Tina Weishaus
for Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War

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-Noah Greenberg